Common name: bandedtail goatfish
Synonyms and Other Names: yellowbanded goatfish
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Native Range: Indo-Pacific from South Africa and the Red Sea to Japan, New Caledonia, Micronesia, the Society Islands, and the Marquesas (Mundy 2005).
Recorded from Kane'ohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii (Randall 1981; Mundy 2005).
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Upeneus vittatus are found here.
Table last updated 9/30/2019
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Randall (1981, 1987) suggested that the species was inadvertanly introduced in 1955 from the Marquesas; the intended species for introduction was the Marquesan sardine Sardinella marquesensis. However, Springer (1982) proposed that the species could have recruited to the Hawaiian Islands by dispersal from Japanese waters.
Status: Established in Hawaii.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Mundy, B. C. 2005. Checklist of fishes from the Hawaiian Archipelago. Bishop Museum Bulletins in Zoology, Number 6.
Randall, J. E. 1981. New records of fish from the Hawaiian Islands. Pacific Science 34: 211-232.
Randall, J. E. 1987. Introductions of marine fishes to the Hawaiian Islands. Bulletin of Marine Science 41: 490-502.
Springer, V. G. 1982. Pacific Plate biogeography, with species reference to shorefishes. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 367: 1-182.
Revision Date: 3/3/2006
Peer Review Date: 3/3/2006
Schofield, P.J., 2020, Upeneus vittatus (Forsskål, 1775): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?speciesID=791, Revision Date: 3/3/2006, Peer Review Date: 3/3/2006, Access Date: 7/7/2020
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